Test Trike and No Flight (+0 Miles)
November 12, 2010: Migration Day 34

Isn't this a great Whooping Crane Story Hat? Crane studies are BIG at K.W. Barrett Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia.
Photo: Laurie Sullivan, Ph.D., Barrett Elementary

The air on the ground was dead still when the team woke up. But Joe's test flight dashed hopes of leaving today. Flying right into the wind, the best air speed Joe could get would mean a flight time at least 3 hours and 16 minutes to the next stop. With trikes carrying about 3 hours and 30 minutes of fuel, it was too risky. Meanwhile, today's photo shows that the weather doesn't stop kids in classrooms everywhere from learning about Whooping cranes! Read more, below.

A Contest! You can help the team win a grant for $25,000 to continue helping the cranes! Visit the Pepsi Refresh Challenge website to vote for Operation Migration today. You can vote every day until Dec. 31.

In the Classroom: Journal or Discussion

  • (a) Look closely at the story hat in today's photo. Printing the photos in the daily updates or in Journey North for Kids, make your own story hat. Maybe you will tell about the chicks' lives in flight school before migration, or else their lives as babies. Or will you summarize the journey south so far? What would the photos on YOUR story hat tell? Visit Classrooms in Action to find out what other classrooms are doing.

    Consider both cranes and planes to answer: What are two reasons why the team believed a flight today would be unsafe?

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure presented in cooperation with the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).